Los Angeles Preps: Shelby Dougherty

Orange County: Edison 45, Troy 44

March, 3, 2011
3/03/11
10:55
PM PT
ANAHEIM -- The game was in hand. Troy was 5.9 seconds from winning a Southern Section Division 1A girls' basketball title. The Warriors had the ball under the Edison basket, and Edison had fouls to give. All Troy had to do was successfully pass the ball in-bounds. All Edison could do was foul the Warriors and watch the time inch off the Anaheim Arena clock.

Then Bonnie Samuelson made the play of her stellar prep career.

The 6-foot-3 Stanford-bound wing got a hand on Shelby Dougherty's inbounds pass to Briana Roberson and grabbed it out of the air. She turned and shot as quick as she could. And with 3.4 seconds, Samuelson had delivered a controversial 45-44 miracle, a championship for Edison for the first time since 1987.

"I can't even believe that just happened," Samuelson said. "I can't believe I got the ball. I just got it and shot real quick.

"You've always got to think you have a chance. You just have to stay positive."

Samuelson scored 19 points, including a 13 of 14 performance from the free-throw line. But her shooting from the field was sub-par for her; she made only three of 12, and had been short on a three-point attempt with nine seconds remaining.

"It was a great lesson for the girls to never give up," said Edison coach Dan Wiley. "It's tough to lose a game like that."

Even tougher, apparently, given the score-keeping that was questioned by Troy coach Roger Anderson. According to him, both the Edison and Troy scorers had the final score tied at 44-44. ESPNLA.com and the Huntington Beach Independent also had the score 44-44.

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